Nigeria's president said today the government had started bringing stranded citizens home from Libya after a global outcry over reports that migrants there were being sold into slavery.
EU officials said the migrant influx, which sparked political divisions across the EU, as well as frequent Islamist attacks in Europe have been a wake-up call to tackle the root causes of why people leave their homes. Some of them narrated their horrific ordeals in the hands of Libyan authorities. Special Procedures' experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. Just a few days ago, 26 bodies of young Nigerians were discovered at Mediterranean. Three men standing side-by-side with scars covering the wounds from their stolen internal organs.
This EU policy of helping Libyan authorities intercept people trying to cross the Mediterranean and return them to prisons, so to speak, is inhuman and the suffering of the migrants detained in Libya is no doubt an outrage to the conscience of humanity. Their explanations were simple.
As a matter of fact, the situation in Libya is best described as modern day slavery. There are definitely more than that. These agencies are also stepping up their education and sensitisation campaigns, targeted at vulnerable persons.
This was sequel to a motion moved by the senator representing Borno central Babakaka Bashir at Wednesday's plenary.
Buhari told Nigerians in the Diaspora that there was "good news" from home.
Without fast-tracked development, millions could flee to Europe or turn to radical Islamist groups, EU and African leaders say.
Also in his company is a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State and Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State.
Had there been job opportunities for them, many of them probably would have preferred to remain in the country and contribute in developing it.
Buhari, who was in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire for the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit.
Another set of 153 Nigerian migrants returned from Libya on Thursday night.
A migrant holds his head as he stands in a packed room at the Tariq Al-Matar detention centre on the outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli on November 27, 2017.
He advised Nigerians in Cote d'Ivoire to be good ambassadors, warning that those who tarnish the image of their country would be repatriated.
The summit, gathering more than 80 nations of the African Union and European Union (EU), had been showcased as a bid to boost development in Africa as it faces a population crunch. But I won't be surprised if the majority of them were really Nigerians.
Despite those commitments, commentators pointed to big practical problems, which begin with the need for African countries to respond rapidly to the need for travel documents so that evacuees can leave quickly.
Libya, a country in chaos since the overthrow of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, more or less shirks any responsibility for the thousands of people stranded on the banks of the Med.
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